Sunday, April 24

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The birth of the Beastie Boys—an oral history on the 25th anniversary of Licensed to Ill.

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A personal essay about family through the lens of mashed potatoes.

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For 18 months, Coatesville, Penn., was besieged with an improbable number of arsons.  But who started the fires – and why?

Saturday, April 23

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An interview with David Simon, creator of The Wire.

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An investigation into rising crime rates in small American cities. Is a lauded antipoverty program to blame?

Friday, April 22

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How crooked officials pulled off a massive scam, spent millions on Dubai real estate, and killed the author’s law partner when he tried to expose them.

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Early last year, 10 churches were torched in East Texas. The culprits? Two Baptist teens having a crisis of faith.

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On the unlikely survival (for the second time) of Kamaishi, Japan.

Thursday, April 21

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The 20 soldiers in Second Platoon try in vain to hold down a strategic outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, “among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces.”

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On Sebastian Junger’s War and the documentary Restrepo by Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya yesterday.

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The rise, fall and stubborn survival of a teenage Internet celebrity who discovered that the real world can be a very scary place.